Re: Vista Clean Install

With a pre-installed system the "recovery" partition usually holds all of the Files,Drivers,etc that originally came with the system.
Placing it back into that "just Purchased " state usually involves pushing a combination of keyboard keys upon boot up to activate the restore process.......the manual or help file that came with your system will list those keys as well as the proper procedure to follow.
The System CD and the Recovery CD that came with your system will do the same thing...
1st start with the system CD and boot from the CD...then follow the onscreen instructions.

If your Recovery Partition is should not be doing anything to should not be using it during everyday usage of system.


DISCLAIMER: If you find a posting or message from me
offensive, inappropriate, or disruptive, please ignore it.
If you don't know how to ignore a posting, complain to
me and I will be only too happy to demonstrate... ;-)

"mrclifton" <mrclifton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:8FE9FE90-62DB-4699-B80E-48CDCA2A44BC@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
When you say I need to purchase a Vista install DVD and boot from that, does
that mean that the OS CD that came with my laptop isn't what I need to be
booting from?

I bought an external harddrive and copied all of the stuff to it.

What can I do about my D drive being too full to be able to do anything on
my computer?

"Mr. Arnold" wrote:

"mrclifton" <mrclifton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> Everything I've read said that doing a clean install would delete all > of
> my
> files during the process....which is what I needed. I wanted > everything
> off
> of my computer except what came on it. I called myself doing it > correctly
> but when I checked, none of my files were gone and my Recovery D drive > has
> no
> space left which is why I needed to do a clean install in the first > place.
> Any suggestions? Oh, and what is a partician and how do you know which
> one
> to choose?

A clean install would have involved you (*formatting*/wipeout) the drive of
all data during the install process.

And what is a partition?

Read the introduction as it applies to Vista too.

I suggest you leave the D drive alone since it has the software on it to
install the O/S again the install of the O?S is on the D drive, which was
placed there by the computer manufacture for a machine that had the O/S

You want to do a clean install, then you need to purchase a Vista install
DVD, boot off of the DVD, wipe everything off of the drive (format) during
the install and install the O/S.

And if you ever do a clean install, then you would need to go back to the
manufacture's site and install software form the site specific to the model
of the computer and the O/S used, apply the MS Service Pack again, and any
MS updates again.

The very first thing you should have done if you have not done so is burn a
DVD that has the contents of the D drive on it, for back-up purposes.
That's the very first thing you should have done when you purchased the

I am not trying to be smart here, but you seem bent on shooting yourself in
the foot. :)


Relevant Pages

  • Re: Windows Boot Problem
    ... provides more recovery options without having to face losing all your data ... install fails (You don't likely even have a repair install option with your ... >> with the option to setup Windows or Repair Windows Installation ...
  • Used Computer - New question
    ... quick question - will this work if I purchase the XP ... System Restore is designed that way. ... You can choose a repair install or a clean install. ...
  • Re: Corrupt Windows XP config file
    ... I attempted to install Windows XP in the second partition, ... I then brought up the Recovery Console and used the FIXBOOT command to try ...
  • Re: Why bother...
    ... When he came to pick up his hard drives and recovery disks ... a bit more googling I found loads of Dell pages about them. ... Dell are great for documenting their machines on the Net. ... Was it a custom install or a typical install? ...
  • HP Pavilion TOTAL crash
    ... > THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR THE ADVICE. ... > SUZY ... > system builders can install XP to get the new customer started, ... > procedures required with proprietary recovery CD's.. ...